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DJ Ranking Joe (who has also recorded under the name Little Joe, not to be confused with Little John) is a legend among the cognoscenti of old-school dancehall reggae, although his commercial career and worldwide reputation have always been overshadowed by those of his contemporaries Big Youth and, especially, the great U-Roy, who served as something of a mentor to Ranking Joe during his early career. This excellent new set finds him in the company of session greats from the early days, including trumpeter Bobby Ellis, saxophonist Dean Fraser, and guitarist Chinna Smith; since Ryan Moore (of Twilight Circus Dub Sound System fame) is behind the boards, the rhythms are thick, dark, and heavy -- close your eyes and you could be back in the Channel One studio or even the Black Ark during the roots heyday of the late '70s. And Ranking Joe himself is in top form; he's effortlessly articulate chatting on tracks like "Don't Follow Babylon" (a fine combination track featuring singer Michael Rose) and "Seek Ye First," neither of them breaking any new ground either lyrically or musically, but both demonstrating again that Ranking Joe deserves to be rated with the very best exponents of this venerable style of reggae chatting. Highly recommended. by Rick Anderson / All Music


released May 12, 2005

Produced and Mixed by Ryan Moore
A Twilight Circus Production

Drums – Style Scott (tracks: 2, 3, 7, 8, 9)
Guitar – Earl "Chinna" Smith (tracks: 2)
Keyboards – Bowie McLachlan (tracks: 3, 7)
Percussion – Skully Simms* (tracks: 1), Norman Grant (tracks: 2, 3, 7)
Saxophone – Dean Fraser (tracks: 1, 3, 7), Michael "Bami" Rose (tracks: 4, 5, 8, 9)
Trombone – Trevor Edwards (tracks: 4, 5, 8, 9)
Trumpet – Bobby Ellis (tracks: 1, 7), Dwight Richards (2) (tracks: 3), Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton (tracks: 4, 5, 8, 9)
Ryan Moore: Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion


Studio Twilight - NL, Eccentric Directions - London (Eng. Mike Pelanconi), Incredible Music - London, Tuff Gong - Kingston, Jamaica, Steven Stanley Studio - Kingston, Jamaica (Eng. Paul Daley)

Mastering: Ernie Anches at Friends Studio Amsterdam
Album Design: Marlow Palleja


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Twilight Circus UK

'Wrestles with history's titans & leaves the ring commanding 'nuff respect' - SPIN Mag / Jeff Chang

'Among the best of any current reggae producers in the World' - Tape Op Mag / Larry Crane

".. the heaviest original dub sounds on the planet!.. Twilight Circus is the top sound. ." - XLR8R / Frosty

"Ryan Moore is one of the few keeping the sound of modern dub alive.." - Mean Street / B. Phillips
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